32 Exceptional Teens Selected for Championship Bowling Competition
Denny's, PBA, USBC announce the Top Male and Female Varsity Bowlers to Compete in the Second Denny's All-American High School Championships
SPARTANBURG, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 6, 2008--Thirty-two elite high school student-athletes have graduated to the next level through their selection to compete in the second Denny's All-American High School Championships in March. The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) made their final selections based on bowling accomplishments, academics and other criteria.
"The USBC would like to thank all of the talented athletes who submitted applications for this year's tournament," said Director of USBC High School and Collegiate, Jeanne Klescewski. "Based on the success of our inaugural event last year and the level of skill in this year's batch of contenders, we are anticipating another exciting competition."
The Denny's All-American High School Championships is being held in conjunction with the 65th Denny's U.S. Open, March 29 and 30 in North Brunswick, N.J. Immediately following the conclusion of the 65th Denny's U.S. Open, the high school finalists will take to the lanes to compete for $10,000 in scholarships on a PBA oil pattern.
The elite field of 32 contains representatives from the varsity level states that submitted student nominations. The 16 girls and 16 boys represent the best among student athletes, with a cumulative GPA of 3.6, and significant bowling experience. Twenty-seven of the candidates have four years of competitive high school bowling; 27 have been team captain for at least one year; 12 of the candidates were named to the Bowlers Journal International Top 100 Male and Female High School Prospects List in 2007; 26 are members of the National Honor Society and 12 have competed in the Junior Gold National Championship at least once. The full roster of participants is listed below.
"Denny's is thrilled to continue our partnership with the USBC and PBA for the second All-American High School Championships," said John Sanfacon, Acting Senior Vice President of Marketing for Denny's. "We believe this tournament provides a terrific opportunity to showcase both the academic and athletic ability that these students possess."
"After the success of the 2007 competition, we are extremely pleased to have received even more resumes for 2008; the all-around skill levels of the 32 participants continues to impress us," said PBA Commissioner and CEO Fred Schreyer. "The PBA is proud to once again co-host this exciting event and play a role in these young athletes' rise to success."
The high school finals will be broadcast on ESPN on April 6.
Denny's All-american High School Championships Participant Roster
Alaska: Travis Moyer, Anchorage (West Anchorage High School)
Arkansas: Evin Anderson, Jacksonville (Mills University Studies
Florida: Paul Walsh, Vero Beach (Indian River Charter School)
Hawaii: Peter Mochizuki, Honolulu (Kalani High School)
Illinois: Alexander Garcia, Chicago (De La Salle Institute)
Kansas: Kevin Tatrow, Bel Aire (Wichita Heights High School)
Louisiana: Justin Breaux, Lafayette (Acadiana High School)
Michigan: Joel Klaas, North Street (Port Huron Northern)
Mississippi: Benjamin Carsten, Fulton (Itawamba High School)
Nevada: Jordan Ferrer, Henderson (Silverado High School)
New Jersey: Brian Small, Woodridge (Woodridge High School)
New Mexico: Ethan Biswell, Rio Rancho (Rio Rancho High School)
New York: Matthew Roe, Johnson City (Johnson City High School)
Ohio: Jayson Foote, Westerville (Westerville Central High School)
Pennsylvania: David Knight Jr., Folcroft (Cardinal O'Hara)
Tennessee: Christopher Lane, Franklin (Centennial High School)
Alaska: Amy Seliger, Anchorage (Barlett High School)
Florida: Dayne Galganski, North Palm Beach (Palm Beach Gardens)
Hawaii: Suzana Signaigo, Kapolei (Saint Andrews Priory)
Illinois: Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates (Hoffman Estates High
Iowa: Nicole McCalley, Waterloo (West High School)
Kansas: Rachael Aguirre, Wichita (Augusta High School)
Louisiana: Amber Lavergne, Lafayette (Carencro High School)
Michigan: Jessica Guertin, Milford (Milford High School)
Mississippi: Lela Dudley, Blue Springs (Tupelo High School)
Nevada: April Urban, Henderson, (Coronado High School)
New Jersey: Nicole Caggiano, Woodridge (Woodridge High School)
New York: Brittni Hamilton, Webster (Webster Thomas High School)
Ohio: Kristen Keenan, Centerville (Centerville High School)
Pennsylvania: Samantha Santoro, Reinholds (Cocalico High School)
Tennessee: Laura Stoltz, Murfreesboro (Seigel High School)
Washington: Jessica Sutton, Bremerton (Olympic High School)
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About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association features the best bowlers in the world competing in National, Regional and Senior Tour events. PBA membership reached an all-time high of 4,300 members during the 2005-06 Denny's PBA Tour season. Also in 2005-06 - the Tour's first with a title sponsor - ratings on PBA telecasts increased 12.5 percent among males ages 18-34. PBA sponsors include: Ace Hardware, Bayer, Brunswick, Columbia 300, Denny's, Discover(R) Card, Etonic, Flomax, GEICO, GoRVing, H&R Block, Motel 6, Pepsi-Cola and the USBC, among others. For more information on the PBA, log on to www.pba.com.
About the USBC
The United States Bowling Congress High School program actively offers guidance to all levels of high school bowling by providing rules, instructional opportunities, awards and industry resources to ensure the success of high school bowling nationwide. USBC High School is a resource for school administrators, high school state athletic associations, state proprietor associations and industry member organizations in the creation and maintenance of high school bowling programs. USBC officially launched Jan. 1, 2005, as an organization serving nearly three million adult and youth bowlers in the United States. It resulted from the merger of the American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling. For more information, visit www.bowl.com.